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100 Places that Will Change Your Life
National Geographic, July 2016
Unfurling east from the foothills of the central Andes, the Mendoza region is often called the next Napa Valley. It’s a magnet for wanna-be oenologists, only here, the purple black grape Malbec is king. Now a cooperative in the Uco Valley, The Vines of Mendoza invites DIYers to try barrel tasting and blending wines to create their own varietals in hands on workshops.
Eat Mendoza
National Geographic Traveller (UK), September 2016
I’m in the middle of a vast vineyard in the Mendoza wine region and fire surrounds me. It’s 11 am, a tart Torrontes is already open and I’m at The Vines Resort & Spa. I’m about to have a cooking class from the chefs at Siete Fuegos – one of the restaurants of Francis Mallmann, Argentina’s most famous chef.
The Accidental Winemakers of Mendoza
New York Times, May 2015
Our day of winemaking had bonded us in a way that none of us had anticipated, with shared moments that we talk about every time we see one another.
The Road Less Traveled
Wine Enthusiast, August 2014
Wowed by the country’s gregarious culture, and especially Mendoza’s natural beauty, Evans chose to stay in the land of tango, beef and Malbec. A decade later, Evans, along with Argentine partner Pablo Giménez Riili, runs Vines of Mendoza, a multifaceted operation based in the Tupungato section of the Uco Valley.
Best of the Best
Robb Report, June 2014
Debuted in January in Argentina’s celebrated Mendoza wine region, the 22 villa retreat echoes and embraces its surroundings with rough-hewn stone walls, porches with fire pits, and floor to ceiling windows that frame the vineyard vistas.
A Gaucho Guide to the Land of Malbec & Grilled Meat
Food & Wine, June 2014
With a gaucho by her side, F&W’s Megan Krigbaum explores Argentina’s Uco Valley, a once-overlooked region that now offers spectacular wines, fantastic resort and seven different way to cook with fire.
Hot List 2014
Conde Nast Traveler, May 2014
At The Vines, legendary chef Francis Mallmann sources many of his ingredients locally—after all, locavorism has always been a part of life in rural Argentina. The property’s restaurant, Siete Fuegos, or “Seven Fires,” alludes to his philosophy of open-flame cooking … You can even play winemaker by purchasing a plot of land on-site whose cultivation is overseen by the resort’s agronomist. What better excuse to keep coming back?
American Starts a Luxury Resort to Share the Argentina He Loves
New York Times, January 2014
Enamored of Argentina, Mr. Evans and a friend decided to start a business selling vineyards. The company would do all the work — planting, harvesting, blending and bottling — for investors who want to create their bespoke wine. He initially bought 100 acres in the Uco Valley for about $500,000. The area, about two hours south of Mendoza city, was largely undeveloped. And the terroir — the land, the soil and the altitude — offered the potential for high-quality wines.
Southern Comfortss
Robb Repport, January 2014
“Our first goal,” he said, lowering his lens, “was to make great wine. It turns out that the views are also mesmerizing.”
Three New Resorts for a Perfect Winter Getaway
Architectural Digest, December 2013
Nestled among 1,500 acres of vineyards in Argentina’s Uco Valley, the 22-villa Vines Resort & Spa beckons oenophiles with wine-making classes, grape-infused spa treatments, and the open-flame cuisine of renowned Argentine grillmaster Francis Mallmann.
Winemaking Made Easy For Mendoza’s DIY vintners
Financial Times, November 2013
The hard work – the maintenance of the vineyard, the harvest, the fermentation process, bottling and labelling, and the tedious logistics of exporting the final product to a chosen location – will all be done by The Vines of Mendoza staff. The fun parts – choosing what kind of grape you want to grow, devising your own name and label for the wine, and of course drinking it – you can do yourself..
A New Wine-geared Resort In Mendoza, Argentina
Departures Dispatch
When Michael Evans, co-founder of the new Vines Resort & Spa near Mendoza, Argentina—which celebrates its grand opening on New Year’s Eve—first visited the vineyards-rich area in 2004, he found the openness of the winemakers refreshing. “Its like talking to the artists versus seeing the finished product, ” he explains
Own a part of p Mendoza Vineyard, pr just stay at one
Afar, January 2013
At the Vines Resort & Spa, guests can watch the sunset from a lakeside deck or dine at Siete Fuegos restaurant, run by grill master Francis Mallmann. The Vines was the first Mendoza wine company to offer vineyard ownership opportunities, and now travelers-turned-vintners return regularly to tend their vines.
Better Than Bordeaux? A New Crop of Hotels In South America’s Wine Country
Condé Nast Traveler, February 2013
…In Argentina’s Mendoza Province, Vines Resort & Spa sells small plots to amateur oenophiles: You can develop your own vintage with the help of an in-house wine consultant. Vines’ glassy villas have Andes views, and the spa is ideal for unwinding after a hard day of tasting…
Hottest Travel Destinations of 2013
Travel & Leisure, January 2013
Uco Valley Argentina: Will this sunny expanse outside Mendoza City become Napa South? New hotels are making it easier to sample the region’s Malbecs and Semillons: Francis Mallmann—the Argentine Thomas Keller—runs the kitchen at Vines Resort & Spa.
In Argentine Developments, Vineyards and Villas
New York Times, September 2012
“I’m a Texas boy and love the ranch; this reminds me of that,” said Michael Brochu, a semiretired tech executive from Seattle who is awaiting the completion of his villa at The Vines of Mendoza, a development in the foothills of the Andes.“Big open spaces,” he said. “It’s like Napa 30 to 40 years ago.”
36 Hours in Mendoza Argentina
The New York Times, April 2012
Start your tour of the city with a wine sampling at Vines of Mendoza … The tasting room is owned by Michael Evans and Pablo Gimenez Riili, whose 1,000-acre cooperative vineyard in the Uco Valley gives those who dream of making their own wine the possibility of owning as little as three acres of vines, with access to a state- of-the-art facility and an excellent in-house oenologist.
Owning A Piece of the Vineyard
The Wall Street Journal, July 2012
Two years ago, a colleague bragged that he and two friends had bought three acres of vineyards in Argentina’s Uco Valley for $210,000, including the first two years of farming fees. Each harvest season since, he and his partner-pals have gone down to the fast-growing wine region to pick and crush their grapes, then blend them into premium wines under the guidance of Santiago Achával, one of Argentina’s most revered winemakers (his Malbecs can sell for more than $100 a bottle—several times the typical price) … Starting this year, they’ll have some 12,000 bottles of wine annually to label and drink as they choose, at a cost of $3,000 per acre in farming fees.
Argentina Lures Bankers Dreaming of Owning Their Own Vineyard
Bloomberg, January 2011
For his 50th birthday two years ago, Phil Asmundson, vice chairman of technology at Deloitte LLP, flew to Argentina for a vacation and ended up buying a vineyard. As a long-time wine collector, making his own was a secret dream. During harvest in March or April, he’ll fly down from New Yorkto pick malbec grapes and play cellar rat.
Argentina’s Napa Valley
New York Times, November 2010
“Mendoza is Napa 30 or 40 years ago,” said Michael Evans, a former Democratic campaign strategist from Washington, D.C., who moved to Mendoza six years ago to go into the wine business.
Texas Boy Investor Can’t Resist Taste of New Argentine Winery
Bloomberg, December 2009
Brochu, a self-described “Texas boy” with about 700 bottles of wine in his Seattle home, eventually came around to the idea of being a part-time winery owner. Now the 56-year-old financier, who has sold three companies with a total value of about $1 billion, is waiting to taste the fruit of his latest investment. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about owning a vineyard,” he said.
Five Wine Estate Vacations, January 2014
Forbes
Wine and adventure don’t normally go together, but that’s the alluring combination you’ll find at this lush South American mega-estate that opened in December 2013. Hop on a horse and take to the pampas with a gaucho concierge, or choose between helping punch down a fermenting tank of grapes or planting vines, depending on the season.
The Vines Resort & Spa . Elite Traveler, July 2014
Why We Love It: With the Andes Mountains on one side and the rolling green fields of the Uco Valley on the other, this suite is totally ensconced in nature.
The World’s Top 100 Resort . Robb Report
The Uco Valley’s emergence as Argentina’s next big wine destination owes as much to the region’s undulating, Andes-framed landscape as it does to its acclaimed Malbecs and Bordeaux-style blends. The new Vines Resort and Spa—a 22-villa wine lodge that opened in the Uco Valley last year—adds world-class accommodations to the area’s growing list of attractions.
Condé Nast Traveler announces 2014 hotel ‘hot list’ . CNN
At The Vines, legendary chef Francis Mallmann sources many of his ingredients locally—after all, locavorism has always been a part of life in rural Argentina. The property’s restaurant, Siete Fuegos, or “Seven Fires,” alludes to his philosophy of open-flame cooking … You can even play winemaker by purchasing a plot of land on-site whose cultivation is overseen by the resort’s agronomist. What better excuse to keep coming back?
The Expat: Michael Evans . Buenos Aires Herald, March 2014
“The first time I came to Argentina was in 2000 for a business trip and I was in Buenos Aires for 36 hours. But I loved it. I had a five-hour lunch at Cabaña Las Lilas, finishing up with Malbec and cigars it was like going back in time”.
Travel: Wine Crush . Town & Country, April 2014
In Argentina’s wine country, a destination for oenophiles of all levels—from malbec lovers to those who dream of creating their own vintage.
Top 5: Mendoza Vineyard Hotels . Departures, April 2014
A magnificent addition to thriving Uco Valley, The Vines Resort & Spa is the latest development at this 1,500-acre vineyard ownership project. With luxury around every corner, from lakeside decks to outdoor bathtubs and an infinity swimming pool overlooked by the Andean foothills, 22 bespoke villas make up this vast complex.
Vines of Mendoza Hotel and Spa — Mendoza, Argentina . Vines of Mendoza Hotel and Spa — Mendoza, Argentina
For those who travel to Mendoza with the intention of authentically experiencing the culture, drinking nothing but the most fabulous wines of the region, and enjoying a superlative level of service, they should make their reservation at the Vines now. These 22 private villas are guaranteed to be in high demand by international connoisseurs of ‘laid–back luxury’ who recognize the value of this special vineyard hotel experience.
A Stunning New Wine Retreat in Argentina. Urban Daddy, January 2014
Raise a glass to The Vines Resort & Spa, a few hundred acres of Mendoza wine country where you can live like an Argentine Dionysus, taking reservations now.
A Chat With Michael Evans of The Vines of Mendoza. The Huffington Post, November 2013
Almost a decade ago, on his first visit to Mendoza, Michael Evans realized that the culture of making wine in Mendoza was as marvelous as the wines themselves. He joined up with two of the province’s leading lights, Pablo Gimenez Riili and Santiago Achaval, to offer a unique concept: private vineyards and winemaking for owners from around the globe, all managed locally. The Vines of Mendoza has since grown into a wine and tourism phenomenon.
Travels and Treasures . Celebrated Living, November 2013
Give your favorite epicurean a getaway that’s soon to be on every food and wine lover’s wish list: a visit to the newly opened The Vines Resort & Spa, located at the foot of the Andes in Argentina’s perennially sunny Uco Valley.
No More Years in Provence . Sunday Times, September 2013
Set in the Uco Valley, with views of the Andes, the Vines of Mendoza is a 1,000-acre wine estate with a brand-new resort where one-and-two-bedroom villas are under construction.
The Vines Resort & Spa Brings Luxury to Argentina’s Wine Country . Elite Traveler, July 2013
Wine connoisseurs will have the opportunity to travel outside of their usual stomping grounds when The Vines Resort & Spa opens in the Uco Valley outside of Mendoza, Argentina, this December.
10 Amazing Moonlight Dining Experiences From All Over the World . Just Luxe, May 2013
At The Vines Resort & Spa winery in Argentina, the Siete Fuegos restaurant welcomes guests to the vineyards for a traditional outdoor asado, grilled with flair by Chef Francis Mallmann.
10 Amazing Moonlight Dining Experiences From All Over the World . ABC News, May 2013
At The Vines of Mendoza winery in Argentina, Siete Fuegos restaurant welcomes guests to the vineyards for a traditional outdoor asado, grilled with flair by Chef Francis Mallmann.
Di-vine Dwellings – Living Off the Vine at The Vines of Mendoza’s Top Winemaking Communities . Centurion, April 2013
Estate owners can get involved with the nitty-gritty such as taking soil samples, fermenting and even designing labels at the on-site winery … one estate owner’s vintage has been awarded 90 Robert Parker points: Solo Contigo Malbec 2010.
Siete Fuegos Asado – Mallmann’s Latest Enterprise . Centurion, March 2013
Located at the foot of the majestic Andes mountain range, Mallmann’s special grilling touch is given to various meat cuts as well as seasonal vegetables and seafood. Think butter-soft fillet slathered in spicy chimichurri, salt-crusted salmon or tender kid topped with salsa criolla, followed up by just-picked peaches charred to succulent oblivion.
Francis Mallmann Sets Mendoza on Fire – Fe . The Mendoza Sun, February 2013
With seven different fires burning, set in the stunning vineyard and mountain-scape of Tunuyan, the new outdoor Siete Fuegos restaurant is not only a masterpiece of nature but also one of Argentine chef Francis Mallmann.
Chef Francis Mallmann’s First L.A. demo . LA Weekly, November 2012
This superstar chef with three restaurants in Argentina, another set to open in March, one in Brazil and one in Uruguay, quietly slipped into Los Angeles for his first cooking demo here.
Sip, Savor and Spa at The Vines Resort & Spa . Wandermelon, November 2012
A new luxe vacation residence to open this spring in Argentina’s most prestigious wine region with fire master chef Francis Mallmann.
Julia Moskin Attends New York Francis Mallmann Event . Grub Street New York, November 2012
A rooftop lunch in Soho where the Argentinian chef Francis Mallman was demonstrating his “seven fires” grilling method — had read about him but never tasted the food. There was a huge setup, including charcoal and mesquite log …The food was terrific. Skirt steak with the best chimichurri I’ve ever had, sweetbreads, whole rib eyes cooked slowly until they were as tender as pot roast, garlicky mushrooms, beets, sweet potatoes.
Francis Mallmann Joins The Vines of Mendoza Resort . New World Review, November 2012
After naming the grill master and author of the book Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way the executive chef of Siete Fuegos, the restaurant at the Vines Resort & Spa in the Uco Valley, the Vines of Mendoza took the famed chef on a whirlwind tour of several US cities.